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Kate Bracher, Executive Director and Founding Principal



Kate Bracher Executive Director and Founding Principal
Kate Bracher is proud to be the Executive Director for AMS Arkansas following a 
decade of service to students and families in Texas as a teacher, campus leader, and strategist for a statewide initiative. Before joining the AMS team, she was the Manager of Effective District Systems at the Texas Education Agency (TEA), where she supported the design and launch of a new statewide program supporting superintendents and their teams in systems-oriented strategic planning through research-based practices. 
Prior to this role, Kate served as the assistant principal and later principal of Uplift 
Williams Middle School in Dallas, TX, where she led the school to earn an “A” rating from TEA in 2019 and rank in the top 20 middle schools in Dallas County for academic excellence. Her leadership yielded high staff retention and campus culture ratings, strong parent and community satisfaction, and unprecedented student growth. As a proud Teach for America alumna, Kate taught middle school English in Dallas I.S.D. and Uplift Education prior to her years as a school leader. She obtained her Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Southern Methodist University and will earn her Doctorate in Education from Vanderbilt University in the summer of 2024. Kate believes every child deserves the best educational experience that empowers them with choice and opportunity. As a leader, she is passionate about designing and sustaining a culture of high expectations and collective partnership between staff, students, families, and the broader community to make this vision a reality.



Michala Patterson, Elementary School AP



Michala Patterson, Elementary School AP
Michala Patterson is honored to assume the role of Elementary Assistant Principal at our school, bringing over eleven years of dedicated educational experience to our inaugural leadership team. Michala grew up watching the amazing educators in her family serve their communities and aspired to follow in their footsteps at an early age. Because of that inspiration, she went to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. She graduated from Pensacola Christian College in 2013 and received her master’s degree in Public Administration in 2017 from Arkansas State University.
Michala’s educational journey began at Ambassador Baptist Academy where she 
served as a third and fourth grade teacher. It was there she learned the love of 
teaching scholars with dyslexia indicators, where she learned the skill of reaching 
scholars both academically and socio-emotionally and fostering success at each level of learning and developing. She moved to Arkansas Lighthouse Academies where she served in various roles from classroom teacher to district dyslexia coordinator and ended her tenure there serving in dual roles as district’s Dyslexia Coordinator and Academic Dean. Her love for literacy granted her the opportunity to become a RISE 3-6 trainer of teachers, helping to ensure that future generations develop a love for literacy. Michala believes that with strong healthy relationships, consistency, and hard work, each scholar can achieve an equitable education. She understands that through proper inspection of the expectations both scholar and school community can foster inquisitive scholars that positively impact the world. Michala's commitment extends beyond the school setting—she dedicates time to working with children diagnosed with Autism, bringing joy and sunshine to their lives and families. Beyond her professional commitments, Michala is a passionate sports enthusiast, closely following Lebron, the Cowboys, and the Arkansas Razorbacks. In her leisure time, Michala enjoys journaling, writing poetry, reading, and exploring the intricacies of the enneagram. Ultimately, with the goal of becoming an enneagram coach. With her diverse interests, strong educational background, and unwavering dedication, Michala Patterson is a valuable and dynamic addition to our educational community.




Joanna Natera Veal, Front Office Manager



Joanna Natera Veal, Front Office Manager
Joanna Natera Veal, proudly serving as the Office Manager for AMS Little Rock. Her journey began when she relocated from Mexico to the United States at the age of 11. For over 17 years, she has called El Paso, Texas, her home, and it's there that her path to success truly took shape. Joanna's educational pursuit led her to the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), where she not only acquired knowledge but also embraced the university's spirit as a true "Miner at heart”. In her professional journey, Joanna's has accumulated over a decade of managerial experience, she achieved new goals when she assumed the role of district manager for a finance company, a position she held for more than five years. Notably, Joanna made history as the first woman to be promoted to the position of district manager within the El Paso district. However, Joanna's journey didn't end in Texas. She took her expertise to Arkansas over three years ago, transitioning into the field of education. Starting as an administrator, Joanna's talent and dedication were quickly acknowledged, leading to her promotion within just six months to the role of registrar. As a registrar, Joanna honed her skills and took on significant responsibilities. She managed all aspects of the registration process, overseeing record creation, final exam scheduling, and student enrollment verification for an impressive student body of over 600 students. Joanna also loves spending quality time with her husband and two sons, aged 8 and 6, engaging in activities like playing video games together. Joanna enjoys photography and the craft of macramé, which serve as her hobbies, allowing her to express her creativity.



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